One of our largest problems in achieving optimal performance levels in society today is poor nutrition. In order to perform at a high level, the athletes must properly fuel their bodies before and after a workout, practice, game and in general on a daily basis. An analogy I like to use is, “If I was going to take my family on a vacation to Orlando, which is an eight hour drive, the first thing I would do is fill up my fuel tank in my vehicle”. Then I ask, “How far would get down the road if I only filled the tank half full or if I put water in the tank instead of gas”. This is the same principle as not eating enough or not eating the correct food (fuel) to get the job done. The vehicle will eventually stop. Just as our body will stop or not perform properly if we do not consume enough or choose the appropriate food.
As society has become fast paced, so have our eating habits. Home cooked, nutrition filled foods have been replaced with processed, microwaved fast food. Athletes used to begin their day with a well-balanced meal followed by a nutritional supplement. This has now been replaced with a pop tart, Mountain Dew or a bowl of cereal loaded with sugar. Eating properly is a chore. It must be taken seriously and practiced consistently. Often one must plan ahead. Each athlete will require different needs to fulfill their goals. All athletes need to gain lean muscle tissue. However, some may concentrate more on decreasing body fat % while another may be just trying to add 20 extra pounds. Simple science will solve many problems. One can stay in the weight room for 8 straight hours a day, but if energy expenditure is consistently higher than caloric intake, the individual will not gain weight. We have put together a manual with charts, examples, reminders and pertinent information to keep our student-athletes more aware of their nutritional needs. On the last page, we have provided a nutritional analysis chart to be kept for 10 days. This will give us a glance at your habits. If you would like a copy of the packet see Dr. Armstrong or Coach Knight. Train hard and remember- you are what you eat!